Exonerated Convict Seeks System Reforms

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Kevin Green of Missouri, who was exonerated of a crime that kept him in prison for 16 years, has become a crusader for criminal justice reform, the Associated Press reports. Green was freed seven years ago after DNA tests proved he didn’t kill his unborn child and bludgeon his wife nearly to death.

Now, he tells all who will listen how law enforcers need more training. Green, 44, gives speeches to law classes and conventions, pleading with would-be police and prosecutors to focus more on facts than keeping score of convictions. He was spoke yesterday at Saint Louis University’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. “This guy has a compelling story,” said criminology professor Chuck Terry, who served about 12 years in Oregon and California prisons for drug-related crimes.

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